(PIXELART: Aseprite) Animation setup with Aseprite
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Animate with Aseprite
1. What to buy
These items are not required to Animate pixel-art but are highly recommended.
But if you’re planning on animating digital art in the future, they are necessary tools!
2. Two setup styles
Segmenting work into focused blocks improves productivity.
Lets give an example to demonstrate this point.
If there are 5 tasks to complete, is it better to:
1. Work on random tasks for 5 minutes until everything is complete
2. Work from task 1 to 5, only changing when one is complete
We will apply this concept to our animation set-up so we are well prepared to make the best work possible.
The Sketch Set-up
This is a style I’ve developed over the years. It looks like a CS:GO pro setup but TRUST ME, it works.
Its sole purpose is to sketch shapes and motion quickly. Nothing more, nothing less. The restricted hand position encourages you to focus on the sketch & not the buttons.
How to use it
Pan between frames quickly using the Arrow Keys.
As you make mistakes, undo/redo using the Up and Down arrows.
Use your thumb to press Num0 so you can erase things.
Setting up Hotkeys
The Polish Set-up
Once your sketches are complete, the rest is based off of your preferences.
You can choose to use a mix of mouse & the tablet or go with only one. The hotkeys can be changed to be closer to eachother.
Find what works and doesnt work.
For me, I unbinded Ctrl + N and Ctrl + M because Id create new layers/frames without noticing.
I also changed the selection tool from M to A since M is quite far away.
Experiment with different setups to find the style that works for you because it is something that evolves overtime.
Good luck and have fun with it! Peace